The Good Samaritan - Kids at home Sunday 3rd May
Today, we are going to remember how KIND and LOVING God is and learn about how God wants us to be kind to ALL people no matter what!
Jesus tells us to love God with our whole hearts AND to love everyone around us too! He asks us to help everyone, like He always helps us! Sometimes, we find it hard to know how to be like Jesus and how to love everyone. Sometimes there are people that we find it hard to get along with or be friends with. Sometimes we don’t want to give up our time or our things to help others. But Jesus helps teach us, with the story we are going to look at today and other stories in the Bible, how we can treat everyone like our neighbour and our friend!
Let’s start with some worship! Feel free to sing and dance or just watch and listen, Jesus doesn’t mind HOW we worship, He just loves it when we spend time with Him and sing His praises!
You are Good– Bethel Kids
Alive – Hillsong Young and Free
Good Good Father – Chapelhill Kids
The Good Samaritan – Saddleback Kids!
Some important points to remember from the story…
- Jesus teaches us to love God and our neighbours with all of our hearts!
- The Samaritan man in the story had a big heart and loved someone who he didn’t usually get along very well with. He still helped the man who was in need and was very kind!
- Even though the Samaritan man might not have had a lot of time or money or things, he was still generous to the man and shared with him all he had!
- The Samaritan made sure that he had done EVERYTHING he could to help the man!
- Jesus reminds us in this story that anyone and everyone is your neighbour no matter what, and so we should have love and kindness in our hearts for everyone that we meet. Just like Jesus does!
Some things to talk to your family about…
- Why do you think the people who were meant to be kind left the man at the side of the road? Maybe they wanted to be somewhere else and they didn’t want to give up their time? Maybe they didn’t want to give the man any of their things? What do you think?
- Who should those people have listened to and followed? What should they have done do you think?
- How do you think the man felt when he first saw the Samaritan? Do you think he think he thought he would help him? How do you think he felt after he was helped by him?
- How was the Samaritan man a good neighbour to the man who was hurt? Why? Was he doing something Jesus would have done?
- Has there ever been a time in your life when you haven’t helped someone, or not wanted to help someone because you wanted to do other more fun things? Or because you didn’t particularly like or get on with the person who needed you? Maybe someone who was on another team to you in a game? Maybe someone who had been unkind or a bit annoying in the past? What could you do in that situation if it happens again do you think? Could we ask Jesus to help us help others do you think?
“Love each other, as I have loved you!” John 15:12
Isn’t this a wonderful verse? And isn’t the story we heard today amazing, too? Jesus tells us to love God with our whole hearts AND to love everyone around us too! Jesus asks us to be kind and caring to everyone that we meet, especially those that might need our help. He asks us to help everyone, like He always helps us! He tells us to love each other like He loves us! Which is VERY much!!
If you like, why not have go at making a ‘Kindness Chatterbox’. This might help you to think of and remember some ways that you can love others and show them kindness and helpfulness. You could write different things under each flap. Here are some ideas of things that you could write but you can also make up your own ones if you like!